AGE / VALUE:   Phillips newsreel posted by: on 4/14/2006 at 11:01:11 PM
Sam, email me your postal address. I have something to send to you.
This Philips newsreel is almost identical to the Raleigh house magazine "The RaleighGram." It gives an interesting insight to the Philips' cycle empire circa 1948.

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:    B-72 skin posted by: Brian on 4/14/2006 at 3:38:44 PM
I have a B-72 in fine shape except I bought on Ebay several years ago & the seller didn't tell me that the nose had to be stretched to fit inside that l'il post hole. I sell and/or trade with someone whose postings I recognise on this forum - or I'll Ebay it with an accurate description & picture(s) of the nose piece conundrum. I also have another B-72, also black, with a small bit of spray paint on it from an unattentional overspray. You can state your offer and I'll reply or not based on your offer - and yes, I have pictures and perfect feedback on Ebay so you'll know who you're dealing with.

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Rudge fork lock key posted by: paul k on 4/14/2006 at 2:39:47 PM
I just picked up a very nice 1970 Rudge Sport 3-speed for my father. I came with a fork lock but no key. the fork isn't locked but I was wondering if there's any way to have a key made. Thanks.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Rudge fork lock key posted by Matthew on 4/15/2006 at 8:09:46 PM
Hi Paul,

In previous messages one of the contributors has told us all where to get a new key. The locks have a number on and my guess is that any decent locksmith should be able to supply a key from the lock number. You could always cycle down to the locksmith to show him what it is you need. Its the same sort of scheme for suitcase or desk locks (most desk locks are L&K locks and if you have the number of the lock [stamped on the visible end of the barrel] then you can get a key for said lock).

Matthew - unlocking a mystery

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Circa 79 Raleigh Sports posted by: Spike on 4/14/2006 at 12:12:12 AM
Well folks there are still some nice Sports out there.Wife spotted some bikes at the S.A. store.I checked them out
Found this 58cm cream/white Sports appears all original with proper nuts and all even the lens on the trigger.And to top it all off a nearly new proper Brooks saddle.
Had to pay full price $14.99 because the wife forgot she had a coupon.Also picked up a couple of generics for the little grand kids to start on.Its fun to see what you stumble on when you keep your eyes open.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Circa 79 Raleigh Sports posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 4/14/2006 at 12:42:13 PM
Ah... the Salvation Army Thrift Store. I used to frequent the one in Binghamton, NY quite often. I procured no less than 4 Sports style bikes there. Three of which I paid $5 for... the fourth, in exceptional condition, cost me $10.

Nice find!!! And yes... they are out there... so if you see one, need it or not, you may want to consider it noble to "rescue" it and re-sell to someone that might appreciate it.


Larry "Boneman" Bone

AGE / VALUE:    B.S.A. AND HERCULES 3 SPEED HUB SHIFTERS posted by: on 4/12/2006 at 2:22:56 AM
I recently picked up a B.S.A. 3 speed hub shifter and also a Hercules Syncro Switch. Also a 3 speed. These were the other 3 speed hub gear trigger controls in competition to the famed Sturmey- Archer. These are round shifters, older and more rare. I prefer these shifters over the Sturmey- Archer's- just to be different. However, one thing the Sturmey- Archer shifters had over the B.S.A. and the Hercumatic was the ease of new cable installation. I do not know how you install a new cable on these two shifters but you have to remove screws and dissemble them. I think.... I say I have no information on these shifters. Also, only pictures of cables in my catalog stash. These shifters and the hubs and even the trigger cable installation notes are lost in the mists of time. I will work to dig up info and get my findings posted to clarify this.
The B.S.A. 3 speed hub is rare and special workshop tools are needed and I never see the tools offered. B.S.A. spare parts are alse very rare. I'll keep you all posted

   RE:AGE / VALUE:    B.S.A. AND HERCULES 3 SPEED HUB SHIFTERS posted by Matthew on 4/13/2006 at 9:41:03 PM
Hi CK,
I recall, from my ownership of an early fifties BSA shopper (24" wheels and loop frame) that the trigger works in reverse to the SA 'norm' ie the position where third is on SA trigger is where low (1st) is on a BSA trigger and vice versa. Makes for fun the first ride or two. I may have a BSA hub diagram in an elderly Lucas Cycle repair book, I have a look.

Matthew - getting a shift on.